Membership Hack: Crowdsourcing Grant Opportunities

By / Dec 6, 2019 (Yuri_Arcurs/E+/Getty Images Plus)

The International Documentary Association connects members to an online database of grant funding. Members can also ask questions about grant applications using the Twitter hashtag #FunderFriday.

How to hack it? Members of the International Documentary Association need grant funding to green-light film projects, and they often turn to IDA with questions about how and where to apply. To provide some immediate answers, IDA takes a crowdsourcing approach, collecting information from members and listing active grants in an online database.

Why does it work? The database includes information on more than 300 grant-making organizations that support filmmaking and other projects in the humanities, with practical information like the amounts of money awarded and application deadlines. In the past, IDA used a blog to share tips on how to apply for competitive grants in a Q&A exchange with grant makers.

What’s the bonus? IDA also shares grant opportunities via Twitter and uses the platform to answer members’ questions in real time using the hashtag #FunderFriday.

Tim Ebner

Tim Ebner is a senior editor for Associations Now. He covers membership, leadership, and governance issues. Email him with story ideas or news tips. More »